Only peace is victory
President Slobodan Milosevic:
Dayton, 21 November. The President of Serbia and head of the
Yugoslav delegation at the negotiations about Bosnia said
after the peace agreement had been initialled that in a civil
war as the one in Bosnia, there can be no winner, that all
are losers and that only peace is victory.
In addressing all those present at the peace agreement
initialling ceremony in the Hope Hotel at the
Wright-Patterson Air Base near Dayton, President Milosevic,
as the first among the three heads of delegation, said:
"Thanks to the successful outcome of the Dayton negotiations,
this day will be recorded in history as the day on which the
war in the territory of the former Yugoslavia ended.
In a civil war like this one in Bosnia, there are no winners
and there can't be any. All involved are losers, and only
peace is victory.
The solutions reached here imply painful concessions made by
all parties, but without such concessions, there couldn't
have been any success here and peace would have not been
That is why no party should show regret over the concessions
made by it.
As of this day, the war in Bosnia should be left to the past,
while peace and future cooperation, understanding and
economic and cultural development should step on the scene in
I would like to take this opportunity to stress that the
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia will carry on promoting
cooperation and development on equal terms, as persistently
as it has been struggling in the last few years for peace and
equality in this region, in the best interests of all
countries and peoples in the region.
Mr.Christopher, I would like to express my gratitude to the
people and government of the United States of America, to its
President and the American negotiating team headed by Richard
Holbrook, and to yourself, for the big efforts put in by the
USA towards the achievement of peace, and also my expectation
that the USA will take part in the implementation of the
agreement in the same way as it has been contributing to its
I would like to thank the representatives of the Russian
Federation and the representatives of the European Union, for
their constructive cooperation.
I would like to give special credit to the people in the
Wright-Patterson Base and the citizens of Dayton for their
warm hospitality and the support they have given to the
success of the negotiations."
Message addressed by Slobodan Milosevic to the citizens of
the FR of Yugoslavia concerning the successful outcome of the
Bosnia peace negotiations
The War's Over
The President of Serbia and head of the Yugoslav delegation
at the peace negotiations in Dayton, Slobodan Milosevic, said
that the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina has been put to an end
at last with the conclusion of the peace agreement.
President Milosevic's message reads as follows:
Citizens of Yugoslavia, we have certainly made you sincerely
happy by achieving peace at the negotiations in Dayton. They
lasted a long time, but I think that the outcome is suited to
I wish the citizens of the Serb Republic a successful Serb
Republic and I wish them peace and cooperation with the
The war in Bosnia and Herzegovina has been ended today for
good. Not only because this agreement covers all items of the
peace plan, but also because an accurate border has been set
at last between the Serb Republic and the Muslim-Croat
Federation, so that any military action aimed at any
territorial changes would be pointless and it would be
treated undoubtedly and exclusively as an act of terrorism.
Therefore, the war's over. We should all now turn to peace,
construction, economic recovery.
We have spent much time in the last few days on the question
of maps precisely. I think that these maps are much, almost
incomparably better than the Contact Group maps. Let me begin
from the west: of the territories lost, the territories of
the municipalities of Mrkonjic Grad and Shipovo have been
returned to the Serb Republic, and then going to the central
part in relation to the Contact Group plan, Ozren and Doboj,
Modricca, Derventa, Brod, Shamac and Brcko, and in relation
to the eastern part, Visegrad, Srebrenica and Zzepa, so that
in my opinion, these maps make up a fair solution.
All parties undoubtedly had to make also serious concessions.
However, it is quite certain that all of the concessions made
cannot be compared with the result achieved. The result is
peace not only in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but also in the
whole region. The whole region is now in a position to
concentrate on its own development.
In conclusion I want to tell you that a United Nations
Security Council resolution suspending all economic sanctions
against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia has been put into
the adoption procedure precisely now. This resolution is a
comprehensive one. Namely, the sanctions will be suspended
immediately, and they will be lifted formally after a
specified period of time. However, with regard to the
character of the regime, there is no difference between
suspension and lifting. What is involved is only an
appropriate procedure associated with the relaxation of
tensions and easing of the armed clashes in Bosnia.
I am expecting of our whole country, which is now free of the
restraints which have been disrupting very much our economic
and social development as a whole, to take a course to
economic recovery and successful development.
Our next objective is a successful economic and cultural
development, integration into Europe and the world, equality
of the nations and people in the region, equality and
cooperation in the best interests of all.
I wish to convey on behalf of the delegation of the Federal
Republic of Yugoslavia in Dayton, Ohio, best regards to all
citizens of Yugoslavia - said President Milosevic in his
message addressed to all citizens of Yugoslavia from Ohio.
United peace forces arrested a long and very tragic war
The head of the Yugoslav delegation at the peace negotiations
in Dayton, President Slobodan Milosevic of Serbia, said at
Belgrade Airport on 22 November that the objective of our
delegation's journey and negotiations was peace and that this
objective has been achieved.
In addressing the high government officials and journalists
who came to welcome him, President Milosevic thanked them for
their warm welcome and stressed that a just peace has been
achieved in Dayton for all peoples of the region, as a basis
for stability, cooperation, equality of nations and people,
observance of human rights, humane development of the region
and conditions which are to be created and utilized in the
President Milosevic said that "the whole programme has been
practically realized in Dayton, because all of the documents
making up the future peace agreement have been defined and
adopted", and he added that in deciding on a large number of
documents, the Yugoslav delegation voted only in two cases on
the basis of majority, pursuant to the agreement.
"In all other cases, including the new constitution,
decisions were made unanimously", said the head of the
Milosevic stated his opinion that the Yugoslav delegation has
undoubtedly managed, together with the other parties, to
consolidate all of the main elements which should determine
and define the future relationships, and in the first place,
establish a full and final peace.
"I want to say that it was undoubtedly seen in the example of
these peace negotiations that all peace forces in the
territory of the former Yugoslavia and all peace forces of
the world today, including - I feel that it must be said -
the crucial role played by the host country, the United
States of America - managed thus united to arrest the long,
very tragic war which has been raging in the region", said
"Such peace forces include all of those who had been
consistently advocating - in all parts of Yugoslavia and here
in Belgrade - from the very beginning of the Yugoslav crisis
and from the very outbreak of the conflicts, a negotiated
settlement of the crisis, and who when the hostilities began,
saw peace as the only way out, certainly not military
clashes", stressed the head of the Yugoslav negotiating
President Milosevic said that all of them should feel that
they deserve credit for the peace achieved at the
negotiations in Dayton.
"It is now time for our whole country and the region as a
whole to concentrate on economic recovery, risen living
standards, cultural development, opening up and integration
into Europe and the world. I'm sure that our country and all
of its citizens will take the advantages they have, the
chances and opportunities at their disposal, for the good of
all citizens of this country, and in the interest of all
countries and peoples of this region", said President